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Mounted Image Detection in OS X

Heya,

The other day, I realized that most OS X games that require a CD/DVD to be inserted in order to play them, those discs had to actually be physically burned, and not mounted. However, if those same games had a "Classic" counterpart, Mac OS 9 mounted their images and the games actually treated them no different from an actual physical disc.

It seems as if OS X mounts discs in a way that's different from OS 9. Is there some OS X program that can mount discs as if they were physically-inserted?

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Daemon Tools can mount virtually any image type, and the computer will think the physical disc is present. It was historically a Windows program, but they started supporting Mac OS X during Snow Leopard (10.6).

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Oh yeah, I forgot to specify I had exclusively PPC Macs in mind. So I got surprised when you mentioned Daemon Tools... Smile But sadly, as you pointed out, they are Intel only.

Antonin29's picture
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Also, most popular games usually have a No-CD available somewhere.

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For PPC, it seems that good ol' Toast addresses this issue, from what I can gather looking around online. Now which version of Toast to use under OS X is another debate of its own...

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Any version of Toast that can run on PPC Mac OS X can mount CD's

But from version 7 (at least), Toast included a Virtual CD driver called "Mount It" which, after installing Toast, appears in a submenu when right-clicking (or control-clicking) onto a iso/toast/cdr image.

"Mount It" will mount any suitable image file as a virtual CD/DVD. It doesn't launch Toast, works in the background and nicely fools apps into thinking physical CD media has been inserted. A very nice utility.

  • Toast version 7 is the final release to support PPC Panther 10.3.x (requires 10.3.9 and above).
  • Toast version 9 is the final release to support PPC Tiger 10.4.x
  • Toast version 10 is the final release to support PPC Leopard 10.5.x and is the required version for the Mount It virtual CD driver to work on Intel Snow Leopard 10.6.x

Toast version 7 is my personal choice for Tiger OS's, being not overly bloated with features I don't need.